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Frederic March Douglas

Irvine Litigation Lawyer.

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  1. Am I allowed to look at or request copies of all the information that is in my personal injury claim file?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frederic March Douglas
    2. Gary Edwin Haslerud
    3. Nima Taradji
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    It is very dissapointing that you have to go to a public website to ask this question when the professionals(?) handling your case should have addressed your concerns. You have the right to see your files. If you have problems receiving the opportunity to see your files, make the request in writing and keep a copy of what you sent, plus proof of delivery. Contact the California Bar if your attorney refuses to let you see the file. You have the right to ask questions and the attorney has...

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  2. Recieved letter from Johnson & Pham, LLP(not certified), looks like a demand/settlement letter. Jail time? Bankruptcy an option?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frederic March Douglas
    1 lawyer answer

    It is against the rules for a civil lawyer (not a prosecutor) to threaten you with being charged with a crime. Unless you hear something from a law enforcement officer or prosecuting attorney, then do not be concerned. On copyright, there are criminal penalties for extreme cases, such as filming a movie onto your camera in a movie theater. Your question does not mention what are the alleged acts, so I cannot tell. You should not be concerned about any criminal aspects until the attorney...

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  3. Hi, I just mailed divorce papers to the litigation department of Avenal state prision. The litigation dept told me after she get

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frederic March Douglas
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    I do not think that you should be staying up late worrying about whether you can serve a prisoner. It is not like they can run away and avoid service. Also, California is a no-fault divorce state. So you can usually get a divorce for the asking. California has a 6-month cooling off period for getting a divorce, so count on at least 6 months. I am concerned about your mention of a paralegal. In California, paralegals must work under the supervision of an attorney. So there is no way that...

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  4. In Drafting Complaints, Cross-complaints, or in the Answers to Them, The Only Time a Litigant Can use an Exhibit as Evidence?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frank Wei-Hong Chen
    2. Frederic March Douglas
    3. Thomas Edward Rossmeissl
    4. Kenneth Evan Chyten
    4 lawyer answers

    You can use exhibits for your motions, federal or state. I am guessing that you are referring to the fact that often one cannot use new evidence in a demurrer filed before answering a complaint. Still, you can submit the complaint as an exhibit. Basically, you might be precluded from relying on new evidence for substantive issues not mentioned in the original complaint. I think that you need to consult with an attorney to dispel any of your confusion regarding whether evidence is...

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  5. What do i put for the Civil Case Cover Sheet box on the CM-010 form for Name Change? is it unlimited or limited?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Frank Wei-Hong Chen
    2. Frederic March Douglas
    2 lawyer answers

    Go to WWW.courts.call.gov/self-help . In the lower left, you should see some links on name changes.

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  6. Would a trademark like this likely make it through the TM office?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Charles Doland
    2. Konrad V. Sherinian
    3. Frederic March Douglas
    3 lawyer answers

    Further on the issues presented by the other attorneys, another issue would be whether your mark "Presley Kate" identifies an actual person, living or dead. If this mark identifies a particular person or may cause confusion with a particular person, you will have to consider whether you need the permission of that person to use the mark and register that mark.

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  7. Do I need a lawyer representing my case? Am I liable for anything? Does it go on my record? Will it clear off when I turn 18?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frederic March Douglas
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    Yes, you definitely need a lawyer. You are also likely to get a bar on your getting a license in the future if there were injured persons or property damage in excess of $500. As to your liability, you will need to consult an attorney and go through the process. Yes, the accident will go on your record. No, it will not clear off when you are 18 (for the civil aspects). If there are any criminal charges, then the criminal record might "clear off" once you are 18. Do not delay in seeking...

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  8. Personal service of pleading/process other than complaint or subpoena.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frederic March Douglas
    2. Douglas James Pettibone
    3. Steven Ames Simons
    3 lawyer answers

    I assume that you are the party trying to avoid service of a deposition notice or subpoena. You should consider whether your time is worth it to fight this service. Even if you win on not being served, they are going to serve you eventually. You can hope that they give up, but that possibility is out of your control. On the mailbox issue, it will be hard to find anyone that cares about that. Plus, what are you going to do on that? Report them to the U.S. Attorney? If you do, then you are...

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  9. Do i need to file a libel case?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frederic March Douglas
    2. Troy Austin Pickard
    3. Lars A. Lundeen
    3 lawyer answers

    Your question is truncated. Also, you need a lawyer to review the allegedly defamatory statements, as your description does not provide much information. To directly answer your question: You do not "need" to file a libel case. I assume that you really mean to ask if you need to sue to obtain something in compensation, or to remove the statements. Yes, you need to sue. Unless you have magic powers to get the other person to act reasonably. In California, you can often obtain more...

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  10. Form interrogatories

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Frederic March Douglas
    2. Michael I Burstein
    3. Michael S. Haber
    3 lawyer answers

    I'm a member of the California Bar. Still, if would be important to know if you are in federal court or state court. Basically, reluctant opponents will try every trick to play games and give excuses. You need to seal all of their loopholes. Send them written statements reminding them about the deadlines. Once the deadline is over, waste no time in documenting that you asked them for an explanation of why their responses were not provided. Basically, keep a paper trail showing that you...

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